If you had to pick Alejandro Agag’s spirit animal, you probably wouldn’t choose the donkey, yet it’s to the attitude of this humble farmyard animal that the Extreme E CEO credits his success: don’t get distracted and keep your eyes on the prize.
But no common donkey could have made itself the youngest person elected to European Parliament, and a lack of opposable thumbs would have made launching two pioneering electric racing series unmanageably complex.
But Alejandro has done all those things and much more, and on the eve of the finale of Extreme E’s inaugural championship James and Michael caught up with the man who set it all up to talk about what’s motivated him to dominate the electric racing scene, his hopes for the future of the planet and what it’s like to buy a massive ship.
We also hear the final part of our chat with Professor Lucy Woodall from the Extreme E scientific committee about the importance of uniting people from different walks of life in the fight against climate change.
Catie Munnings’ rise has been as rapid as her pace behind the wheel, and whether it’s debuting in the European Rally Championship while still taking her final-year exams or becoming a TV presenter to fund her racing career, there’s nothing she does by half measures.
In 2021 she’s had a new reason to go flat out, taking up a position as one of Andretti United’s drivers in the inaugural Extreme E season, and with Timmy Hansen she became a race winner in Greenland. James and Michael caught up with Catie after the Arctic X Prix to talk about that victory and her newfound appreciation for pizza dough.
Plus we hear from Professor Lucy Woodall from the Extreme E scientific committee about the danger of microplastics and the role of plastic production in the climate crisis.
Rosberg X Racing puts one hand on the Extreme E championship with victory in the Enel X Island X Prix after the car-destroying Sardinia course broke steering and hearts at Chip Ganassi Racing. We hear from Professor Lucy Woodall on the role of climate change in the natural disasters afflicting the Mediterranean. James and Michael come up with a new tagline for the series.
James and Michael spell out the championship picture with series commentator Andrew Coley ahead of the Enel X Island X Prix, Tamara Molinaro and Timo Scheider give us the inside line on the Sardinia course, and Professor Lucy Woodall explains the importance of Seagrass and blue carbon in our battle with climate change.
You can’t keep Sara Price away from racing, even if she has to take some detours to get there. When the global financial crisis derailed her meteoric motocross rise, she opened her own auto paint business. Then she became a stuntwoman. And eventually she transitioned to car racing, and her irresistible rise continued.
The stars were aligned for Sara again, and her career was about to take its latest turn: in 2020 she claimed the unique status as the first drive announced to compete in Extreme E, and with none other than iconic American racing dynasty Chip Ganassi.
James and Michael caught up with Sara after the Arctic X Prix to ask her about her transition from two wheels to four, racing non-stop through the night in the desert and camping on the Arctic ice cap — and falling into a river in the process.
We also hear from Professor Lucy Woodall from the Extreme E scientific committee ahead of the Island X Prix to get a sense of the global scale of the challenge facing our oceans.
Even if you’ve never seen his face, you’ve almost certainly heard his voice: Scot Elkins’s dulcet tones grace not only Extreme E as the voice of the race director but an impressively large array of other high-profile motorsport series the world over.
If you had to define Scot’s motorsport career, it might boil down to one word: yes. Never afraid to agree to a new challenge, he agreed to commit his directing prowess to Extreme E before he even knew what it was, adding yet another feather to a broadening hat.
James and Michael managed to crowbar some time into Scot’s busy schedule after the hectic Arctic X Prix to talk about his life on the road and his lesser known passion for guitars.
Plus we hear from Extreme E CEO Alejandro Agag on the power motorsport has to influence positive change in the race for the planet.
There’s nothing Timo Scheider won’t try. A karting champion before he was even allowed to race in his native Germany, he’s an endurance-race winner, a Le Mans podium-getter and a two-time DTM champion.
So when Extreme E beckoned as a new challenge, Timo had to be involved, and he’s now a key part of the team responsible for laying out the championship’s challenging courses as well as one of two nominated ‘joker’ drivers on call each weekend.
Timo caught up with James and Michael to explain how he was ‘stupid and crazy’ enough to reinvent himself as a track designer for Extreme E.
And we hear from series scientist Professor Richard Washington, key 2015 Paris Agreement architect Christiana Figueres and UN climate ambassador Lucas di Grassi about the race to zero emissions in the Extreme E workshop Tipping Point.
Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen score their maiden Extreme E victory in an epic Arctic duel with Molly Taylor and Johan Kristoffersson, Carlos Duarte sums up the climate change threat posed by Greenland’s receding ice sheet, and James and Michael apologise for accidentally cursing two teams in Kangerlussuaq.
Timo Scheider gives us the inside line on Arctic X Prix course, Carlos Duarte explains why Greenland is at the centre of climate change, and James and Michael run through the format changes for this weekend in Kangerlussuaq.
Molly Taylor started life wanting to represent Australia as an Olympic equestrian rider, but after her first taste of racing she traded horses for horsepower on her way to the 2016 Australian Rally Championship title with Subaru, following in her mother’s championship-winning footsteps.
But now she has her eyes on an all-new prize.
Off Track brings you great stories, amazing insights and a lot of laughs from the people on and off the track in Extreme E. In each episode James Baldwin and Michael Lamonato chat with some of the biggest names in the paddock as well the experts tackling the climate and sustainability challenges facing our planet.